August 18, 2002

When Body Parts Turn Against You

For more than a week, my left knee has been killing me. Three or four years ago, I started to get twinges of pain when getting in and out of the car or when sitting too long on a plane. Standing up for a few minutes was all it took to make it go away. Now, however, it hurts constantly, and hurts even more when I get up out of a chair or try to squat down to help someone at a computer. So what gives?

A quick Google search for chronic knee pain brought up sites that suggest that this is not uncommon for those over 40 and that acetaminophen and stretching exercises are what's usually called for. I've stretched a bit and that helped a bit, but this pain is keeping me awake at night and distracting me from work. This sucks!

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